Cruz-Vargas

Christian Cruz-Vargas has been involved in a wide variety of musical settings since starting his career. He has performed classically with the FIU Wind Ensemble, Parris Island Marine Band Wind Ensemble, Armed Forces School of Music Wind Ensemble and Concert Band and most recently with the FIU Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. While in the Marine Corps he also served as the drum-set player in the Big Band of Parris Island as well as the Jazz combo. Along with these accomplishments as part of the Armed Forces he was able to travel the United States playing professionally with wind ensembles, percussion ensembles and parade bands. Being featured in several NFL games, music festivals and other great performances.

Christian has also been involved as a writer, arranger, consultant, and educator. Since 2007 he has written for several schools in the USA including Richmond Hill High School (GA) FountaineBleua HS (LA) Olympic HS (NC) and others. As an instructor he taught from 06-08 at G. Holmes Braddock High School winning the Percussion State Championship in Class 1A in 2006. While in the USMC he taught for Richmond Hill High school taking various high drum trophies in multiple marching festivals in GA. After leaving the Marine Corps he began teaching at Felix Varela Senior High School winning the state percussion championship in 2010 as Percussion Caption Head. He went on to serve as the assistant director of Velocity Independent leading them to their first finals appearance. After taking the role as director in 2015 Velocity was renamed FIU and nder his instruction as Director FIU Indoor Ensembles have won 5 straight fan favorite awards, 3 Gold and 2 Bronze Medal as well as several Finalist appearances. Most recently he has been name the creative director of two time open class champion Chromium Winds, serving in the role since their inception.

His education includes G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Florida International University and the Armed Forces School